Lots of resources from this meeting!
Latest security handling, client passwords
- Sentences or phrases for password (take first letter of each word then use logic to substitute symbols and caps when appropriate for a good mix)
- Login Security Solution
- Rename WP rename wp-admi
- move wp-config up a level
- Bulletproof Security
- Brute Protect (now in Jetpack)
- Sucuri premium, bulk licenses expensive but worth it
- Siteground HackAlert
- We Watch Your Website
- PWPush.com – secure password sharing
- scroll events
- scroll is the new click
- more app-like features in web design
- visual storytelling
- serif fonts in body copy
- hamburger (mobile) menu on desktop
- drop-down, tertiary menus – how to handle on mobile
- design for one eyeball
- transitions, animations, hover effects
- sticky headers
- New York Times – whatever they are doing, that’s the trend
Recent plugin discoveries
- WP GIF player – animated GIFs in media library, creates thumb with a play button, lazy loads – doesn’t load GIF until the user presses play; only loads thumbs on page load
- Barb asked about a map locator plugin, suggestions:
- Menu icons
- Archived post status
- Bop search box item type for nav menus
- WP Comment Humility – moved comments under Posts
Project Management Tools/Methods
- Teamwork – not overly user friendly but has a lot of features
- Asana – adoption rate is a problem with clients, for internal teams not external (New version as of 9/2105)
- Workflowy – organized outline, free, don’t have to log in
- Slack for remote teams
- Article from Zapier on PM software (conveniently published yesterday)
How to respond when someone asks “what makes you an expert?”
- It sounds like there is a question about my experience. What specifically do you have questions about?
- Call them on it in a good way. “Why would you say that?” (in a nice way) Address their pre-conceived notions.
- “That’s a surprising comment. What makes you ask that?” Diffuse. Cut to heart of what it is. Know the personalities you’re working with.
- “Here are some things that happen when you do/don’t do this” – doesn’t dismiss them and still proves you are right.
- Use a persona. Will this user understand this?
- What information will help us decide?
Better networking (Where?)
- Freelancers Union Spark
- WordPress Meetups
- Biz to Biz – $600/yr
- Women’s Business Exchange – meets 2nd Thursday of month at 7:30am
- BNI – good for friends and referral/power partners, not for clients
- Association for Women in Communication
- Women Business Owners
- Go to meetups, organizations for your ideal client; give presentations
Making time to write
- capture ideas
- Workflowy list for ideas
- WP apps on phone, tablet
- draft posts
- write crap on purpose
- put it on the calendar
- go to a coffee shop and out of your environment
- get an accountability partner
- We are our own worst clients!
- allow yourself to write about what you are interested in
- like choosing how to stay fit
- personal take on stories, audience doesn’t read what you read
- useful but doesn’t get clients
- Do it for yourself. If people like it, great!
Next meeting is April 26th. Location TBD, but somewhere on Capitol Hill. We’ll be doing Lean Coffee again to come up with ideas for future in-depth topics.